Scenic USA - Wyoming
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|Photos by Jim Stiles
Jim Stiles Photography
Wyoming, a land with few manmade attractions still today, promotes its natural appeal as the first state in outdoor America. Its scenic wonders stretch across the state from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park. First witnessed by a group of adventurous fur traders in the 1800s, the area surrounding the crossroads at Jackson Hole was introduced to America through the paintings of Thomas Moran. Forever linked with the Rocky Mountain School of landscape painters, Moran received his first artistic training in Philadelphia, before heading westward. During the 1870s and 80s, Moran gained national notoriety when his western landscapes appeared in major publications.
Mount Moran, a tribute to the artist, stands at the northern end of the Teton Range. One of more than a dozen major peaks of the Teton Range, Moran rises more than 6000 feet above Jackson Lake. This striking scene offers a strong indication why the Grand Tetons National Park has captured so much attention. Reaching 12,605 feet in elevation, the mountain's distinctive flat top and northern location make Mount Moran the easiest peak to spot along the Teton Range.
This majestic mountain scenery still captivates the artist of today. Thanks to visionary John D. Rockefeller Jr., the Grand Teton National Park and its northern companion, Yellowstone National Park, attract more than five million people a year. This popular scene takes in an oxbow lake of the Snake River just east of Jackson Lake. Here the artist awaits calm waters to capture a spellbinding reflective scene.
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